Candidate Krupa says Hemet may be ready for pot

<strong>Candidate Krupa says Hemet may be ready for pot</strong>
Citizens to decide if medicinal marijuana shops make sense Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleLindy Krupa, candidate for city council from District 5, says it’s time to face reality about pot sales. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor The times they are a changin’. That line from the 1964 Bob Dylan song of the same name could have been playing in the background of the Elks Lodge Monday night when Hemet City Councilwoman Linda Krupa addressed the Hemet San Jacinto Valley RWF (Republican Women’s Club Federated ) as part of a quartet of speakers to address the conservative group on “meet the candidates” night. Other speakers at the meeting included (more…)

Teens learn discipline, skills at San Jacinto Police Explorer Post

<strong>Teens learn discipline, skills at San Jacinto Police Explorer Post</strong>
The honorees learn of promotions at fundraiser to benefit Explorer Post 347 Dennis FletcherThree volunteers help set up the dining room at the San Jacinto Community Center to entertain some 200 guests. ■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Families of teens belonging to San Jacinto Police Explorer Post 347 held a rousing fundraiser dinner on Friday, Sept. 14, to benefit the Explorer Post. Funds were raised from the dinner and selling raffle tickets for a chance at door prizes. Money generated will go toward paying for the post’s equipment and training. The dinner was served to families with young teens enrolled in the popular police Explorer post. Jasmine Rubio, one of the (more…)

Look out Temecula, here comes Hemet!

<strong>Look out Temecula, here comes Hemet!</strong>
Local winery proves the San Jacinto Valley can grow grapes Rusty Strait / The Valley ChronicleThe serene green Tranquil Heart Vineyard and Winery located in Hemet stretches out beneath the San Jacinto Mountains. ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter When folks around these parts think of wineries, the first word that comes to mind is – Temecula!. But wait a minute. Sometimes, the best kept secrets are just around the corner. That’s what brought this reporter to the Tranquil Heart Vineyard and Winery. A few blocks east of Hemet High School to the south of Stetson Avenue lies a wine lovers’ paradise – Tranquil Heart Vineyard and Winery. Should you mention (more…)

Local rock painters make a quiet difference

<strong>Local rock painters make a quiet difference</strong>
Painted rocks are out there waiting to be found Photos by Cindy BoeingMembers of Hemet Rocks Rock Painting gather for a Sunday BBQ and their first meeting at Mary Henley Park. ■ Cindy Boeing and Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Local valley dwellers, who came together as a unique group of rock painters, gathered for the first time at Mary Henley Park on a recent Sunday to celebrate their successes over a barbeque. It had been two years since the group was formed online and they had not met in person. Darla Bailey, founder of the Hemet Rocks Rock Painting group. She founded the group after amusing her children by letting them (more…)

Soboba Powwow draws thousands to casino event center

<strong>Soboba Powwow draws thousands to casino event center</strong>
Native American dancing, singing, and socializing mark annual event Photos by Chris Smith – TVCA panorama of the entire Soboba Event Center showing the different tribes making their Grand Entry before the awestruck crowd takes pictures. ■ By Chris Smith / advisory editor Maintaining one’s identity, heritage, culture and native language is important for all Americans, a people who have come together to form a country in the cauldron of what has been called the great melting pot. The Soboba Powwow last weekend in San Jacinto was a celebration of Native American culture, a gathering of Native people to sing, dance, and socialize. Thousands of local residents turned out to attend (more…)

Driver in vehicular manslaughter released

<strong>Driver in vehicular manslaughter released</strong>
Celebrity boxer suspected of killing pregnant woman in drunk driving Photo by Chris SmithA snapshot of the scene after the fatal collision. There were reportedly no skid marks visible on the pavement, but each car ended up on opposite sides of the road. ■ Robin Underwood / Contributed A celebrity boxer from Burbank was released on bail last Friday after being arrested for killing a Hemet woman and her unborn child in a head-on collision. On Sept. 9 Marcos Forestal, a 28 year-old professional boxer originally from Cuba, was driving a blue BMW southbound down Warren Road in Hemet when his car somehow collided head on with Krystil Kincaid’s silver Chevy (more…)

Airshow highlight of Western Science Center fundraiser

<strong>Airshow highlight of Western Science Center fundraiser</strong>
Pilots wow WSC supporters with aerial acrobatics Photos by Cindy BoeingDavid Mundweiler was flying the high-performance red biplane. ■ Chronicle News Staff Supporters of the Western Science Center in Hemet got a real treat Saturday, Sept. 8, when the center presented a thrilling afternoon airshow as part of its Science Under the Stars series, “Science of Medicine” event. The fundraiser for the center drew several hundred attendees at $125 apiece with donations going to the annual drive supporting the Western Science Center Community Foundation. Brittney Stoneburg, marketing and events specialist for the center, reported that the fundraiser was a big success as several hundred people turned out for the casual-dress catered (more…)

Did a local bank go overboard trying to protect a customer?

<strong>Did a local bank go overboard trying to protect a customer?</strong>
Bank closes customer’s account after being accused of racial profiling Robin UnderwoodBrenda Ozuna, 56, walks with her father Fred Ortman, 76. ■ Robin Underwood / Contributed A strange case of a apparent racial profiling has resulted in a local bank closing a customer’s account after he and his daughter complained about the treatment they received from bank employees. The incident happened to 56-year-old Brenda Ozuna of Temecula, and her father, 76 year-old Fred Ortman Sr. of Hemet last Aug. 17. Ortman reportedly walked into his bank on East Florida Avenue for a modest withdrawal, something he had done frequently with his other children. This time, however, his daughter Brenda was accompanying (more…)

Get ready! Here comes The Powwow!

<strong>Get ready! Here comes The Powwow!</strong>
Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansThe Soboba Inter-tribal Powwow begins Friday, Sept. 14, and runs through Sunday at the outdoor Soboba Event Center in San Jacinto. Some 15 food and 30 arts-and-crafts vendors will be catering to the public. The Grand Entry, featuring colorful ceremonial Indian dress, will be Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. Some 3,000 local school children are expected at Friday’s preview event. Above, Tekla Diaz gives last-minute instructions to her Fancy Shawl Dance students at last year’s preview. See story, photos, Entertainment (more…)

Mother, unborn child killed in head-on collision

<strong>Mother, unborn child killed in head-on collision</strong>
Other driver jailed for suspected DUI, manslaughter Eddie George / Hemet Eye NewsThe crash scene on Warren Road north of Devonshire where Krystil Kincaid’s Chrysler minivan collided head-on with a BMW on Sunday night, Aug. 9, killing her and her unborn child. ■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed A 29-year-old San Jacinto mother and her unborn baby were killed Sunday night in a devastating head-on collision with a suspected drunk driver, police reported. The other driver reportedly is a celebrity boxer from Cuba. Krystil (Kristil) Kincaid, the mother of three other children, was married and pregnant with an 8-month-old unborn baby when her minivan was hit head-on as she drove home about (more…)